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Winter Training???(21 posts)

Winter Training???kylebike
Sep 18, 2002 6:40 AM
How do you guys train in the winter??

ride withMJ
Sep 18, 2002 6:43 AM
more clothes
I train on my bike. Seasons are an excuse to layer. (nm)onespeed
Sep 18, 2002 6:44 AM
I should have said that I just never stop riding. (nm)onespeed
Sep 18, 2002 6:56 AM
must be tough typing while riding. nmSteve_0
Sep 18, 2002 8:02 AM
Text messaging on the cell while riding, try it. (nm)onespeed
Sep 18, 2002 8:04 AM
Sep 18, 2002 8:05 AM
come to think of it, I have used my skytel pagewriter while riding. Thats sad.
base buildingSteve_0
Sep 18, 2002 6:47 AM
winter is really way too early to 'train' in my opinion. I try to build a nice aerobic base by long, cold, slow rides.

This way, you dont feel pressured to 'get out' on miserable days, and come springtime, youll have a great base on which to build your speed.
re: Winter Training???PEDDLEFOOT
Sep 18, 2002 6:59 AM
I did two days of leg weight training per wek and found that my hill climbing improved tremendously.I suggest you cut back the saddle time and try to get some strength and cross training in.It may not be as much fun as riding but the benefits you'll gain come Sprigtime will be noticable.
re: Winter Training???Rich_Racer
Sep 18, 2002 7:24 AM
On the contary - I think it'll be more fun than riding - just do lots of sports - plus ride a bit - fit your training around the weather. Less intensity - more aerobic faffing basically.
re: Winter Training - Doug??Rich_Racer
Sep 18, 2002 7:27 AM
Doug - as you're around - I was wondering - what was the bad coaching advice that you recieved that put in you in such alledgedly bad shape this spring?


re: Winter Training - Doug??DougSloan
Sep 18, 2002 11:52 AM
My coach had me never exceeding a 150 bpm heart rate, when my threshold is about 165 and max of 185. It left me barely able to climb a hill to save my life. Did a lot of fixed gear riding, which I liked, but with low gears and no hills. I practically begged to ride hard.

Other winters, I'd to a long, 85-100 mile ride on the weekend, with some racers, pushing it up the hills but regrouping and taking it smoothly elsewhere. Then, I'd do some lighter, shorter rides or trainer sessions during the week, with at least one quasi-interval trainer session or hill workout. This enabled me to hit the spring races and double in great shape, improving on where I was in January.

I can't stand getting out of and back into shape. I like consistent improvement. While periodization certainly does work, I don't think you need to totally abandon all intensity for 2-3 months to make it work.

The CT will help a lot this coming winter. I might even do a double on it some day.

MTB and YMCA (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 18, 2002 7:31 AM
Ride on the weekends and spin class on weeknights (nm)terry b
Sep 18, 2002 7:41 AM
Similar . . .ms
Sep 18, 2002 7:59 AM
Last year I rode regularly through the middle of December. I did little riding between the middle of December and the middle of January. After that I did spin class on Thursday nights, an at-home session on the trainer on Tuesday or Wednesday, and at least one 40-mile weekend ride (except for one or two cold weekends). Last winter was mild in Maryland. I usually do not ride outside when it is under 35 degrees (although if it is sunny and dry, I will go out even in the high 20s). If the temperatures are colder this winter, I may not be able to do as many weekend rides.
Layers and a lot of singlespeed. nm.Eager Beagle
Sep 18, 2002 8:07 AM
I'm going to Dog's house and hop on his computrainer. nmSintesi
Sep 18, 2002 8:13 AM
re: Winter Training???raboboy
Sep 18, 2002 11:39 AM
When it is too cold or too much snow/ice I use a trainer & do yoga.
XC skiingSuddha
Sep 18, 2002 12:13 PM
Cycling is great cross training for nordic skiing. Or is it the other way around?
I ride between the storms..DINOSAUR
Sep 18, 2002 4:28 PM
Only thing that stops me is rain, and occasionally, but rarely, snow. Rainy season doesn't hit the Nor Cal foothills until March or April. Although they are forcasting another El Neno this winter. Sometimes my mileage drops during the winter. Year before last I working out on my Concept II Rowing Machine when it was raining, might do the same this winter, works good for improving position for upper body and quads...but I find it is a boring way to exercise...I hate exercising indoors...cycling is my preferred poison....getting wet does not bother me, it's the idiot drivers and road debris from the storms (been there, done that)......
Sep 18, 2002 7:17 PM
Take a road bike, add canti brakes and fat tires and ride over every bad surface you can find. If you can't ride over it, hike-a-bike. It keeps you movin' in winter, but saves you from the evils of mountain biking.